The Four Habitats

What I’d like you to do is consider that you are your ecosystem. If you think about yourself as an ecosystem, an ecosystem is comprised of habitats – the natural homes in which we live. What we need to be able to do is to be able to respond to changes in those habitats. The […]

Adapt or Perish

CEOs need to be equipped to lead their organisations in a way that allows people and systems to evolve by adapting both to internal and external changes facing their organisations. The only true source of sustainable and competitive advantage is the capacity to adapt. Adapting Think about the notion of change management; it really applies […]

Farmer or Forester

Our approach to managing organisations is quite analytical – we think about boxes and flowcharts. To put this into the context of a farm; we take land, we clear that land and we make these nice little boxes into which we put our livestock. We do the same thing when we talk about customers, suppliers, […]

CEOs and Caterpillars

My original training was in biology. Since then I’ve worked in management and leadership roles as a consultant, as a CEO, as an entrepreneur / business owner. If you think about the fundamental intentions of both business and biology it’s initially to survive and then ultimately to thrive. Becoming a CEO Caterpillars are pretty slow […]

The CEO: Trapped Between Uncertainty and Ambiguity

We really need to create CEOs that are confident in confronting uncertainty. We need people that engage people in strategic dialogue. CEOs that get people talking about the future and are comfortable exploring the uncertainty of that territory. Leaders who are quite happy with the divergent phase that comes before the convergent phase of formulating […]

Breathing Life into Dead CEOs

The idea of breathing life into dead CEOs does not mean they arrive at our office on a stretcher or in a coffin. Typically, their vital signs are not great though: One of the signs we see are overweight individuals, which is partly because they are quite time-poor and working long hours. The accumulation of […]

Long Live the CEO

In my experience, we need CEOs to grow more quickly than their organisations. How do you ensure that you’re growing, evolving, learning and adapting to these changes faster than your organisation? If you’re going to provide leadership, you’ve got to stay out in front of both your team and the organisation you’re dealing with. It’s […]

The CEO is Dead

The principal idea behind the concept of “The CEO is Dead” refers to the traditional role of a CEO: the way they typically lead organisations has passed it’s used by date. We’re moving into the stage where ideas such as command and control no longer work – in terms of responding to the rapid rate […]